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# Comentários e feedback de alunos de Emergent Phenomena in Science and Everyday Life da instituição Universidade da Califórnia, Irvine

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## Sobre o curso

Before the advent of quantum mechanics in the early 20th century, most scientists believed that it should be possible to predict the behavior of any object in the universe simply by understanding the behavior of its constituent parts. For instance, if one could write down the equations of motion for every atom in a system, it should be possible to solve those equations (with the aid of a sufficiently large computing device) and make accurate predictions about that system’s future. However, there are some systems that defy this notion. Consider a living cell, which consists mostly of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen along with other trace elements. We can study these components individually without ever imagining how combining them in just the right way can lead to something as complex and wonderful as a living organism! Thus, we can consider life to be an emergent property of what is essentially an accumulation of constituent parts that are somehow organized in a very precise way. This course lets you explore the concept of emergence using examples from materials science, mathematics, biology, physics, and neuroscience to illustrate how ordinary components when brought together can collectively yield unexpected, surprising behaviors. Note: The fractal image (Sierpinkski Triangle) depicted on the course home page was generated by a software application called XaoS 3.4, which is distributed by the Free Software Foundation under a GNU General Public License. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Explain the difference in assumptions between an emergent versus reductive approach to science. 2. Explain why the reductivist approach is understood by many to be inadequate as a means of describing and predicting complex systems. 3. Describe how the length scale used to examine a phenomenon can contribute to how you analyze and understand it. 4. Explain why the search for general principles that explain emergent phenomena make them an active locus of scientific investigation. 5. Discuss examples of emergent phenomena and explain why they are classified as emergent....

## Melhores avaliações

##### RV

May 08, 2017

i enjoyed all the different modules. I recommend they add more explanation to the chaos game assignment.

##### ST

Jul 02, 2017

It's a good course to get acquainted with first hand information about studies in emergent phenomena

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## 1 — 25 de {totalReviews} Avaliações para o Emergent Phenomena in Science and Everyday Life

por Bernd S

May 12, 2017

It's really a good course because it consists of not too big chunks of information, small enough to get a grip on. Great overview of many completely different fields of science where emergence plays a role. A deeper insight of especially how the brain creates these emergent phenomena would be interesting but of course it's off course ;-), because that would be whole different session.

por Patrick C

Jun 18, 2016

This class acted as an excellent overview of a wide variety of topics. The focus was on breadth rather than depth. I would have loved to go more in depth, but I think that is a limitation of the format and lack of mathematical prerequisites for the course. The professor interviews were some of the best material included!

por Laura C M

Sep 16, 2019

There are very interesting items in this course. I recommend it if you are looking for a general but complete overview to the world of emergence and complex systems.

por José C E

Jan 09, 2018

An excellent explanation of a daily growing matter of science and research. I encourage everyone interested in a groundbreaking view of science, to take this course.

por Ramprashanth V

May 08, 2017

i enjoyed all the different modules. I recommend they add more explanation to the chaos game assignment.

por sandipan t

Jul 02, 2017

It's a good course to get acquainted with first hand information about studies in emergent phenomena

por SvenYeh

Oct 11, 2019

Perfect course and I think we can learn more detail for each lessons. Thank you very much!

Oct 09, 2017

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por John H

Jan 05, 2019

Very good none technical introduction to emergent phenomena.

por Thiago S d S

Jun 07, 2018

Excellent entry-level course on the subject.

por Philip H

Nov 13, 2017

Great class and mentally stimulating.

por Niraj K N

Apr 30, 2016

Provide more examples of Physics.

por Geo L

Jul 20, 2016

Excelent course, I recomend it!

por Bart S

Jun 22, 2016

outstanding, do it again!

por JOHN Q

Feb 22, 2016

Nice Course. Thanks.

por Suman J

Jun 30, 2019

Exceptional Course

por Shaurya P S S

Aug 06, 2017

Awesome

por Mario A

Jan 04, 2017

All the topics are quite interesting and surprising (and I mean every one of them), but all are treated like popular science with little insight. I had to read elsewhere to fully understand some topics such as reaction-difussion systems. All in all, I wish there was a version of this course for those of us who have no fear of mathematics.

por Amirpouyan

Nov 16, 2017

Could have been more mathematical. And could have included a section on space-time, since it's been a while that the notion of emergent space-time has entered the theoretical discussions.

por Victor S

May 22, 2019

Good sampler course for those curious about emergent patterns across a variety of fields. Casual and fun, although the focus on peer graded assessments somewhat detract from it.

por Chi L L

Feb 06, 2019

A very good course in introducing advanced concepts in a simple way and have performed the spirit of multidisciplinary research very well.

por Joy S

Feb 21, 2018

Has new things I never thought about before. Really interesting.

por David G

Mar 26, 2017

I've learned a lot about emergent phenomena on this course.

por Бенуа М

Nov 02, 2019

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por Brent V M

Sep 13, 2018

I'm currently on the second module.

The first module, taught by Michael Dennin was great and got me really excited about this course.

The second module, taught by Donald Saari, is really bad. He takes a subject I find very interesting (Chaos), and makes it boring, prattling on in a very disorganized manner while mostly staring at his toes.

I hoping that subsequent modules are more like Michael Dennin's, which was very well done.